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by Lauren Marie Fleming, coming October 2024 on Amara, an imprint of Entangled Publishing.

For everyone who’s ever felt too big, too weird, too queer—or just too much—comes BECAUSE FAT GIRL, a hilarious, emotionally-piercing, unapologetically fat novel that is Chasing Amy meets Romantic Comedy. The only man Diana has ever wanted is golden and goes by the name of “Oscar.” Now this off-her-game filmmaker has a chance to make her dream come true...but to get her Hollywood ending, she’s going completely off-script.


Hollywood isn’t nice to women like Diana Smith, but that hasn’t stopped her from being unabashedly queer, plus-sized, and determined to make award-winning movies that showcase the diversity of her community. She was so close to her goal, appearing at festivals and gaining attention for her short films, when grief came and shattered Diana’s directorial dreams.

Forced to move to the suburbs with her sister, the closest thing Diana gets to the movies these days is dressing the stars of them at her high-end department store job. Until one day, she gets a pity invite to a gala full of Hollywood’s most elite, where she unwittingly attracts the attention of a famous action star.

The unexpected pairing shocks their friends–and the tabloids–forcing Diana to choose between the status quo and the silver screen. For the first time in her life, doors open for Diana and the possibilities seem endless. The chance to create unforgettable films. To shake up the industry. To inspire everyone who’s ever felt like they didn’t belong.

But fame always comes with a cost…and to get her Hollywood ending, Diana’s going to have to go completely off-script.


Lauren Marie Fleming (xe/her) is an author, story coach, and the founder of SchoolForWriters.com, where she helps diverse storytellers thrive.

Xe is a popular keynote speaker and prolific writer, and has been featured on Good Morning America, Glamour, Autostraddle, and Cosmo, and has had columns for Curve Magazine, VICE, and the Huffington Post.

Always up for an adventure, Lauren has lived all over the world, and will try anything once, as long as it's gluten free.

When not traveling, xe can be found walking her dog on the beach in San Diego listening to a good audiobook.

Because Fat Girl is her debut novel.

Connect more with Lauren at LaurenMarieFleming.com.